Orca. The day the Great White sharks disappeared

Orca: Reasons why the Great White sharks disappeared along the southern African coast in recent years.
Peirce, Richard
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Title: Orca
Subtitle: The day the Great White sharks disappeared
Author: Richard Peirce
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Struik Nature
Cape Town, South Africa 2019
ISBN 9781775846420 / ISBN 978-1-77-584642-0
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 144 pages, numerous colour photos, maps

About: Orca. The day the Great White sharks disappeared

Gansbaai, a fishing village on the southern coast of Africa, had earned the name Shark Town. Thanks to nearby Seal Island, a breeding ground for the Cape fur seal, Great White sharks were attracted to the coastal waters in pursuit of their favoured prey. One day, the sharks disappeared. The stream of tourists thinned, then stopped. Boats remained on land, and the bonanza threatened to dry up. What could be the cause of the shark exodus? The real-life characters in this account have all been chosen because they represent different aspects of life in the cage-diving industry and in Gansbaai. There is no actual proof that Orca predation was responsible when the Great Whites first disappeared in early 2016. However, it is reasonable to assume that this was the case, and there is strong anecdotal evidence to support the contention. What followed is based on fact. The characters mentioned in this book all read it prior to publication, and all agreed it is an accurate account of the facts, and that the suppositions made in the absence of hard facts are logical.

Content: Orca. The day the Great White sharks disappeared

Authors note
Map of the southern Cape coast
Shark Town
Apex challengers
The human players
The Sevengill mystery
The enigma
Uncertain times
The bad dream returns
Community matters
Nature abhors a vacuum
2016-a changed world
Orcas 116
Great White and Bronze Whaler sharks
Oceans under threat
Useful websites